In Matthew 14, Peter and the other disciples travelled ahead of Jesus, after he had finished teaching the crowds. After Jesus dismissed the crowd, he went into the mountain alone to pray. When he was done praying, the disciples were far away by boat. They encountered a storm and the waves beat against the boat due to a strong wind. Jesus approached the boat by walking on the water towards them, in the early hours of the morning. The disciples did not recognise him and they also did not expect to see him walking on the water towards them. They cried out in fear thinking he was a ghost.
Jesus reassured them that they did not need to fear as it was him walking towards them. Peter being as impulsive as he was or in a manner which some would describe as faith, said to Jesus, “Lord if it is you, let me come to you on the water.” “Come,” Jesus said, to which Peter stepped out and walked on the water toward him. What happened next was the true test of Peter’s faith. He asked Jesus to give him permission to step out and on His word he did, but the wind did not cease. Fear is what overcame Peter and he started to sink and cried out to Jesus to save him. “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus said, grabbing hold of Peter.
Peter had enough faith to recognise that it was Jesus on the water and stepped out to meet him. Stepping out did not calm the wind and Peter’s doubt caused him to sink. We sometimes imagine that if we are sure that we have heard from God and we take a step of faith, that things will automatically be calm.
Dear friends, stepping out on faith often requires maintaining that faith, even when there are winds of doubt and fear around us. It won’t always be calm when God gives us the go ahead to take that first step. But if we continue to walk in faith and do not doubt then Jesus will help us to safety. God is with us and he will guide us and keep us safe, so that no harm can come to us. We have to maintain our trust and confidence in him to help us make it through the storm.